Piazza was right across the street
from Bacco's on Park Avenue.
Last time I drove by it had changed hands. This restaurant struck
me as the closest to an authentic Italian restaurant (a restaurant
in Italy) of any of the places on this list. "Close to
authentic" as in the way you get to a foreign country and
it's not quite the way you pictured it. This place is trendy,
stylish and still comfortable. The staff was mostly male but
the bartender was a woman and there were quite a few young people
gathered around the bar who all seemed to know each other. We
had a shrimp dish that was very light and nicely seasoned, not
at all a run of the mill Itailian dish. And the salad came a
sun dried tomatoe sauce artfully adorning the edge of the plate.
Great presentation, as they say. The chef, a male, came out
to see if everything was ok and we gave him two thumbs up.
is another place in here now. Can't think what it is called.